Congratulations, Soon-To-Be Graduates!

Welcome to the Shakespeare & Co. Guide to Academic Regalia.

Here you'll find ordering, pickup, and pricing information for students participating in Hunter College Commencement this winter. To jump to the faculty section, click here.

I'm graduating from Hunter College. How do I order my graduation regalia?

All Hunter College graduation regalia is supplied by Herff Jones. To order your cap, gown, and accessories, visit their website, put "Hunter College" in the search box, and follow the prompts to complete your order. You must place your order online before April 15th, 2019. Please note that in the "Area of Study" field, you can select either your degree (e.g. Bachelor of Science), or your school (e.g. School of Arts and Sciences). You'll automatically get the correct accessories either way.


For those in the department of physical therapy, you must place your order before April 2nd. Because the robes for a doctorate in physical therapy are custom-made, you must order them online. If you do not, you will not be able to buy them in-store.

It's after April 15th. Can I still purchase regalia?

Yes. Come in to Shakespeare & Co. starting May 20th, and you can buy your cap, gown, and accessories in store. We'll have plenty of stock, but come early, as everything will be subject to availability. Be aware that purchases made after the pre-order window are subject to a late fee.

When and where do I pick up my online order?

Pick up your order at Shakespeare & Co. (939 Lexington Ave., at 69th St.) from Monday, May 20th thru Thursday, May 23rd, from 10am to 7pm; Friday, May 24th, from 10am to 6:00pm; Saturday, May 25th, from 12pm to 6:00pm; Closed, Sunday, May 26th; Monday, May 27th, from 11am to 6:00pm; Tuesday, May 28th, from 10am to 6:00pm;. Just bring your I.D. and proof of purchase. A digital receipt on your phone is fine.

I know I need a cap and gown for the graduation ceremony. What else?

Students graduating with a Bachelor's degree also need a hood and tassel. Master's students need a hood, tassel, and cord. Doctorate students need a hood and tassel, and wear a tam rather than a cap. You can buy pieces individually, or as a package; packages include all the required pieces for each degree.

I'm a valedictorian/salutatorian. How do I get my stole?

Stoles can't be ordered online in advance, but will be available in store at Shakespeare & Co. starting May 20th.

What color hood and tassel am I supposed to get?

The color of your hood and tassel (and cord, for Master's students) depends on the school from which you're graduating. The colors are: white for Arts and Sciences; light blue for Education; kelly green for Health; apricot for Nursing; and citron for Social Work. When ordering online, you'll specify which school you attend, and the proper type and color of accessories will be added to your order. If you buy your regalia in our store, just let us know your school and degree ("I'm getting a Master's in Education"), and we'll give you the proper type and color of accessories as well.

I'm having an issue with my online order. Who do I contact?

Contact Herff Jones' customer service directly: 1.800.837.4235.

How much does regalia cost?

Graduate regalia can be purchased either as a package or as individual pieces a la carte. Please note that individual pieces can only be purchased in store starting May 20th; Herff Jones' website only supports the sale of complete packages. Packages can also be purchased in store starting May 20th.

Pre-ordered Packages
Bachelor's (cap, gown, hood, tassel) $69.00
Master's (cap, gown, hood, tassel, cord) $89.00
Doctorate (tam, gown, hood, tassel) $139.00
In-store Packages
Bachelor's (cap, gown, hood, tassel) $79.00
Master's (cap, gown, hood, tassel, cord) $99.00
Doctorate (tam, gown, hood, tassel) $149.00
Bachelors A La Carte
Gown $49.99
Hood $29.99
Cap $19.99
Tassel $14.99
Masters A La Carte
Gown $59.99
Hood $29.99
Cap $19.99
Tassel $14.99
Cord $12.99
Doctorate A La Carte
Gown $69.99
Tam $49.99
Hood $29.99
Tassel $14.99
Valedictorian/Salutatorian Stoles
Stole $32.99

Can I rent my regalia instead of buying it?

Graduate regalia is only available for purchase.

I have a question about Commencement tickets, or something else related to graduation but not to caps and gowns specifically. Who should I contact?

Visit the Hunter College Commencement website.

I'm a faculty member. How do I order my regalia?

Order through the Herff Jones website. Be aware, if you miss the April 15th deadline, you may not be able to get your exact colors. We will be getting a bulk shipment of faculty regalia for those who miss the deadline. You may pick up your cap and gown from the 15th of May onward.

How much does faculty regalia cost?

Faculty regalia packages are $75.00 for faculty with a Bachelor's Degree, $80.00 for faculty with a Master's Degree, and $85.00 for faculty with a Doctorate. Faculty regalia is only available as a package; we are not able to sell or rent pieces a la carte.

Can I buy, rather than rent, my faculty regalia?

Faculty regalia is only available for rent.

Why do I have to order my faculty regalia so far in advance?

Faculty wear hoods reflecting the university from which they attained their highest degrees, so the hoods must be ordered custom, rather than in bulk.

I have another question.

For questions not answered here, give us a call at 212.772.3400, and ask for the Textbook Department. Please note that if your question is related to an online order, you should contact the supplier, Herff Jones, rather than Shakespeare & Co.; they can be reached at 1.800.837.4235. If your question is related to Hunter College Commencement but not to caps and gowns directly, visit Hunter College Commencement website. Thanks!